5 Reasons Why Trump's Poorly Educated Supporters Won't Get the Jobs He's Promised Them
Trump may love the poorly educated, but should he get elected, the love may not be mutual for long. The GOP frontrunner couldn’t seem to answer a single question Monday night about his plans to bring jobs back during his interview with Bill O'Reilly on Fox News. O'Reilly began the conversation defending Trump, whom he's known for 30 years, against claims of being a "racial arsonist," which turned into a discussion on minority employment. But other than opposing trade policies, Trump is completely incoherent on employment for anyone other than those working in his campaign or hotels. Here are five reasons why a Trump presidency could go "bankrupt."
1. Trump's poorly educated supporters lack skills.
Only half of Trump supporters have a high school diploma—compared with 80 percent of Americans overall—while less than 19 percent have a college or post-graduate degree. Since most jobs in America require at least a bachelor's, it's no coincidence that Trump supporters are among the poorest Americans. In fact, of the the 10 variables most closely linked to a county’s support for Donald Trump, mobile home residency ranked third (0.54), just behind "percent reporting ancestry as 'American' on the census" (0.57) and "White, no high school diploma" (0.61).
"How are you going to get jobs to people who aren’t qualified for jobs?” O'Reilly asked Trump Monday night.
“We’re going to bring jobs back," Trump answered. "We’re going to have Apple computers made in this country."
"But you have to have to have skills to make Apple computers," O'Reilly protested.
"We will get the skills," Trump repeated, in defense. "We have an incredible population."
2. Trump has no concept of the supply chain.
Apple computers are made in America already. Assembly takes place China, but the manufacturing happens in the U.S.
3. Trump's entire tax and budget plan is mathematically impossible.
Having never balanced a budget, it's understandable, but in order to create jobs, Trump may want to reconsider his enormous tax cut for wealthy—which he says he will pay for by getting rid of tax deductions and "waste, fraud and abuse" in government programs, since voters won't be "losing anything" in terms of actual government services.
4. Trump continues to profit from foreign labor.
Trump is right that the U.S. now runs a significant trade deficit with China. The U.S. last ran a trade surplus in 1975. However, Trump’s line of clothing and accessories is made in low-wage countries, such as Bangladesh, China and Honduras. "The contradiction between Trump’s business decisions and his political agenda illustrates the sometimes-awkward transformation of an aggressive, profit-oriented marketer and real estate mogul into a firebrand champion of the struggling working class," wrote Rosalind S. Helderman and Tom Hamburger in March.
5. Trump underestimates technology.
It's not just overseas assembly that can diminish America's competitiveness. It's also state-of-the-art technologies. In fact, Foxconn, Apple’s biggest supplier, which assembles the iPhones mostly in its Foxconn facilities in China, installed robots (nicknamed Foxbots) in order to meet its iPhone production demands. And even before Trump’s campaign launch, Foxconn CEO Terry Gou said he expected the automation to account for 70 percent of his company's assembly line work by 2018.